Fresh off a road win over Newton High School, the McPherson High School girls basketball team took care of business in their 86-47 win over Great Bend High School.
Despite leading in double digits in the first half, the Lady Pups head coach Chris Strathman believes that the defensive end still needs to make some improvements. That includes defending the 3-point line after the Lady Panthers shot 50 percent from behind the arc.
“Our defense could’ve been better, they shot a lot of 3-pointers,” Strathman said. “That was good shooting on their part, but our defense need to be better than it was tonight.”
Other than that, the ball movement for the Lady Pups is what stood out throughout night on the offensive side. The Lady Pups recorded 14 assists on 18 baskets in the first half. They would finish the night with 19 assists for 34 points overall.
“Offensively I thought we shared the ball well, especially in the first half,” Strathman said.
McPherson’s Taylor Robertson put on another clinic as she led the Lady Pups with 31 points.
The highlight of the night was when she hit a 40-footer at the buzzer to end the third quarter. Just when you saw everything from the Lady Pups all-time leading scorer, Robertson still found a way to amaze everyone at the Roundhouse with her sharp-shooting ability.
“She said she knew it was going in. She just kind of has a feeling and got it going. When she does, she’s pretty hard to stop. She’s just fun to watch,” Strathman said.
Hannah Hageman for the Lady Pups also had a solid night of shooting as she shot three-for-four from the three-point range. She finished the night with 11 points.
“She did a nice job taking shots when they were there, Strathman said. “She was aggressive a couple times going into the basket at the right time times two. I thought Hannah played well,” Strathman said.
Mandi Cooks only saw four minutes of gameplay as she is still recovering from an injury.
“We were playing her cautiously, having her warm up to see how she was,” Strathman said. “She was just thinking about it too much. Once she starts thinking about it too much, we just decided to sit her.”
It’s homecoming week at McPherson High School and the Lady Pups will be back on the court for their homecoming game at 6 p.m. on Friday as they will face El Dorado High School.
“It’s going to be more about us and the things we need to do to get better on Friday,” Strathman said. “Hopefully we play well. We will let them enjoy their homecoming but also take care of business.”
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